By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 25 November 2015:
Qatar has been congratulated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for brokering a peace deal . . .[restrict]between Tebu and Turareg tribesmen at a meeting in Doha.
Ban’s spokesman said today that the UN welcomed all initiatives that complement UNSMIL’s work to end the Libyan conflict. He commended tribal representatives for their leadership and Qatar for bring it about.
He went on to urge Qatar to also use its “constructive influence” to help hasten the signing of the nationwide political accord.
The Qataris have said that the Tebu-Tareg ceasefire will be permanent and covered the return of refugees to their homes in Obari, the opening of the road through the town and the removal of fighters from both tribes.
However there were unconfirmed reports yesterday of renewed fighting in the Obari. One senior official in Sebha has told the Libya Herald that he was very doubtful that the deal would stick.
Reaction of social media has been similarly jaundiced, with speculation both as to how the Qataris persuaded each tribe to send delegates to Doha and how representative those delegations in fact were. [/restrict]